On publishing "Year of the Dog"
Updated: Sep 27, 2021
2021 was going to be the year I finally got it together and made a print edition of Year of the Dog. And then in a terrible 1-2 wallop, Brock passed away in February and then Thrasos passed in the following month, both to cancer.
After that, I wasn't sure if I wanted to make a book anymore, selling a book of cartoons based on those boys that had left a huge hole in my heart felt strange to me.
But I guess life does, and must move on. And after some time went by, I was increasingly glad that I'd made those comics and recorded the funny, sad and sweet moments so that I'd remember them forever. One of the biggest blessings of Year of the Dog (and an accidental one at that) was how much they often touched on other people's experiences - I always loved reading people's comments and stories about their beloved pets and was grateful for those unexpected bits of connection in this digital world.
I thought that I might as well pull it together - if nothing else, to have a physical record; something to hold. And I went ahead and self-published it through Ingram Spark (an interesting process in of itself, I certainly learned a lot about the current state of self publishing).
And so, it exists! A book which represents a literal chapter in my life, among other things. It can now be found online (Amazon, Barnes and Noble), or ordered through your local bookstore! If you do order it off of Amazon, it should be listed on your local country's site, please select the "sold and shipped by Amazon" version. (Shipping may take longer outside of the US)
A digital PDF copy is also available on Gumroad. Much obliged if you do pick up a copy, and equally obliged if you continue to enjoy them as they appear, archived on Instagram :-)
Rest in peace to the best boys Thrasos and Brock, it's half a year later and I still miss them every single day with all of my heart.
All the best to you and yours,